Volunteering at a Physical Therapy

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Volunteering at a Physical Therapy

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I'm thinking about volunteering at a physical therapy center but I'm pre-med. I thought it might be a good way to learn how to interact with patients in a health aspect. But is that a good idea to have down for med school?

P.S. I'm also volunteering at a hospital

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I think it's a good idea.

If you connect through a physical medicine and rehab physician that would make it even better.

So ideally, see a few patients with a PM&R doc and spend time with the physical therapists. PT/OT evaluations are better than that of most physicians for functional status and getting their perspective will help understand how disability affects patients after they leave the hospital and how PT/OT makes a big difference in their life.

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Yes, I think it is interesting if you explain that why you did it is to get a sense of the big picture for rehabilitation of patients after they are discharged from the hospital. In other words, shows that you care about the long-term outcome, as opposed to having merely fulfilled a certain clinical function, then making the patient "someone else's problem". And there is some advantage in that given that it would not have occurred to most premeds to look into it

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